I'm about to replace my HDD with an SSD (Samsung 840 EVO). While doing that I want a fresh laptop (Asus N55SF). I have 2 options and an option of which I don't know if it's possible:
1. I just replace the HDD with the SSD and put a fresh Windows 7 on it (which means no Asus bloatware, no drivers).
2. I use the Samsung migration software to "clone" my current HDD to my SSD. Then replace the HDD with the SSD and do a recovery to factory state from there.
3. I don't know if this is possible: I have these recovery disks from Asus I burned immediatly when I received the laptop. Is it possible to just install the empty SSD and then run these disks to get the factory state Windows 7 or is it necessary to already have Windows 7 installed to use these disks?
Option 2 wouldn't excist if option 3 was possible and I'd rather do those options than option 1 so I don't have to worry about the drivers anymore.
If you have access to a clean install of Win7, That would be the recommended way to go. Cloning the HDD to the SSD with the proper cloning software will also work, but a SSD has a few idiosyncrasies that need attention. Check out this tutorial for info: http://www.computing.net/howtos/show/solid-state-drive-...
You can still do the tweaks even after a clone, but since you want a clean "start-over", a fresh install would be the way to go. Besides, if you swap out the HDD for the SSD, you always have the 'ready-to-go' HDD around in case the SSD is defective.